Preludia - Unofficial website for Rafal Blechacz


Blechacz in 2014

Dec. 4
Recital at Berlin Philharmonie

Program page

Nov. 21
Beethoven concerto No.3 in Poznan

** North America tour

Oct. 26
Recital at Union College, NY

Oct. 23
Recital at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, NY

Program page

Oct. 19
Rectial at Koerner Hall, Toronto

Oct. 17
Recital at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, Houston  (Society for the Performance Arts)

Organizer's page

Oct. 14
Recital at SFJAZZ Center (2014/15 SF Performances Piano Series)


Oct.  3, 5
Mozart Piano Concerto k.491 with National Orchestra of Belgium, directed by Andrey Boreyko, at BOZAR, Belgium

Program page of Oct. 3
Program page of Oct. 5

Oct. 2
Mozart Piano Concerto k.491 with National Orchestra of Belgium, directed by Andrey Boreyko, at Cultureel Centrum, Belgium

Program page
NOB website (Oct. 2, 3 and 5)
Program booklet

Sept. 18
Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 k.491 with Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, directed by Trevor Pinnock, at Salzburg Mozarteum

Program page
Poster of the concert
Review of the concert on

Aug. 16
● Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM,) directed by Kent Nagano for OSM Virée Classique Couche-Tard Festival at Place des Arts, Maison symphonique de Montréal

Festival program page

Photo credit:
mini review

● Solo piano & chamber music concert for for OSM Virée Classique Couche-Tard Festival at Place des Arts,

Bach Partita No.3
Mozart Violin Sonata No.24 with Veronika Eberle

Festival program page

Aug. 15
Recital for OSM Virée Classique Couche-Tard Festival at Place des Arts

Festival program page

June 10  Recital at Salle Pleyel  
                          a review on Bachtrack "With Rafał Blechacz, the music wins".                                              

June 2    Recital at BOZAR, Brussels    Interview (audio) French voice-over
                                                          Interview (audio) all English

May 26    Recital at Robert-Schumann-Saal,  Düsseldorf 

May 14,15,16   Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 with Wiener Symphoniker at Musikverein
                     (conductor: Alain Altinoglu)  

May 6        Recital for the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival   Review

May 3        Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
                Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
           for the 2014 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Opening Gala   Review

April 26     Recital at Spivy Hall, Clayton State University, GA 
April 25     Recital at Mandell Hall, Chicago University        a nice review

April 10     Recital at BASF-Feierabendhaus (Festsaal) - Ludwigshafen , Germany
                         a review by clavisora

photo credit: clavisora

April 7       Recital at Prinzregententheater - Munich , Germany
                   a nice review 1  
                  Interview by BR Klassik (audio)

April 4       Recital at Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal) - Berlin , Germany
                  ☆ (The organizer showed a wrong program)       one of the reviews

April 2       Recital at Liederhalle - Stuttgart , Germany  

March 28   Recital at Auditorium - Lyon  
March 25   Recital at Grand Théâtre de Provence - Aix-en-Provence, France
                one of the reviews

March 17   Recital at Tonhalle, Zurich  

Feb. 4       Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
               Conductor: John Storgårds at Liederhalle Stuttgart, Germany    Review

Feb. 3        Schumann: Piano Concerto with  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
                Conductor: John Storgårds
                at Alte Oper Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main, Germany  

Jan. 31      Schumann concerto at Helsinki Music Centre  

Jan. 24      Chopin: Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
                Conductor: Trevor Pinnock at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
                 a beautiful photo

Jan. 22      Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
                Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev  in Lingotto

photo credit:

Jan. 20      Chopin: Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2, with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
                 Conductor: Trevor Pinnock at Die Glocke - Bremen, Germany  

Jan. 8        Selected The 2014 Gilmore Artist

From commemorative performances at NY WQXR

Watch the full video from The Gilmore website

Dec. 17     Recital at Saitama Arts Center
Dec. 16     Recital at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall
Dec. 14     Recital at Tokyo Opera City Cobcert Hall   See nice pictures
Dec. 13     Recital at Musashino Civic Cultural Hall    See pictures from the Hall's FB

Blechacz in 2012

This year Rafał's fans had a great start, blessed and enlightened with his interpretations for the new album "Debussy Szymanowski".

A flood of enthusiastic reviews in U.K. and other Europe followed:
Example from UK

".....he's an artist of imagination and perception, with a fabulous range of keyboard touch and colour.... the clarity of the playing is exceptional, but so, too, is the intelligence shaping it. It's a remarkable disc." (The Guardian)

While music fans were mesmerized by the new disk, Blechacz began giving performances in Europe, both solo recitals and concertos with orchestras.

Whenever I found an enthusiastic review of the CD and live performances I was happy but sometimes the volume was overwhelming and daunting during the spring.

Debussy Szymanowski,
Recording of the Month, Gramophone, May

Live performances, 2012

program website ☆
review ★

Feb. 3, 4, 5
Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven with Orquesta Nacional de España, directed by Josep Pons, @Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid 

Feb. 25, 26, 27, 28
Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven with Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, directed by Andrés Orozco-Estrada @Sala Santa Cecilia, Parco della Musica, Rome

March 2 @Sala della Filarmonica, Trento 
March 6, @Conservatorio "G. Verdi", Milan  fan
March 9, @Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon
March 14, @Palais des Beaux-Arts / Salle Henry Le Bœuf 
March 18, @Nieuwe Kerk,The Hague fan
March 21 @Philharmonie Luxembourg

April 16 @Großer Sendesaal,Hannover
April 18 @Laeiszhalle, Hamburg
April 20 @Kongresshaus Stadthalle, Heidelberg
April 22 @Stadttheater Wels, Austria  Video
April 27 @Kultur-und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle (Beethoven-Saal), Stuttgart  fan

May 10 Concerto no.4 by Beethoven with Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, directed by Alexander Pilianichko

May 11 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3 with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Conductor: Trevor Pinnock at Amsterdam Concertogebouw ★fan interview

May 22 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Filarmonica della Scala, directed by Fabio Luisi @Teatro alla Scala, Milan.  fan

May 25 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Warsaw Philharmonic, directed by Antoni Wit @Smetana Hall, Prague 

June 6 @Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg
June 11 @ auditorium cité de la musique, Strasbourg
June 12 @Salle Pleyel Interview

June 28 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Filarmonica della Scala, directed by Fabio Luisi @Mariinsky Theatre's Concert Hall in Saint-Petersburg

July 21 Piano Concerto No. 2 by Beethoven with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo directed by Roberto Abbado @Parvis de la basilique Saint Michel Archange for Festival de Musique Menton, Menton  photo

July 23 Recital for La Roque d’Anthéron Festival

Rafał Blechacz's CD Debussy Szymanowski was selected Solo Recording of the Year (piano, 20/21 centuries) of ECHO Klassik.

Sept. 28 @Frankfurter hof, Mainz, Rheinhessen

Oct. 10 @Union College, Schenectady, NY
Oct. 12 @Duke University, Durham, NC interview

Nov. 7  @Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Nov. 12 @Salle Poirel, Nancy, France Fan
Nov. 15 @L'Auditori Barcelona
Nov. 19 @Teatro Principal, Alicante
Nov. 21 @El Auditorio de Baluarte de Pamplona, Pamplona
Nov. 22 @Principe Felipe Congress Hall Auditorium, Oviedo
Nov. 26 @El teatro Pérez Galdós, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Dec. 5, 6 Beethoven concerto No.2 with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester LSO, directed by James Gaffigan, @Lucerne KKL

Dec. 7 Beethoven concerto No.2 with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester LSO, directed by James Gaffigan, @Victoria Hall

Dec. 11 Beethoven concerto No.2 with Musikkollegium Winterthur, directed by Douglas Boyd
@Kultur Casino Berne

Dec. 12, 13  Beethoven concerto No.2 with Musikkollegium Winterthur, directed by Douglas Boyd @Stadthaus Winterthur

If I pick up a few blog posts that had a lot of reactions from blog readers and via social media, they are;

The one about synesthesia,
I received a lot of comments from synesthetes of several countries.

For example,
".....I'm a synesthete too and I discovered that our colors are 'inverted'. For example, for him B major is orange and A major is yellow. For me, it's the contrary. And for me, G major is blue and D major is green. For him, it's the contrary. It's weird to think about it since we hear the same things but we see different things, and yet we can appreciate the piece in the same way..."(by Marine)

About bonus track "Clair de lune" and Rafał's message to Japanese audience.

In the first half of the coming new year Rafał will be focused on concertos with orchestras in UK, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, etc...he'll tour in Japan, too. 
Our best wishes for his continued good health, happiness, and success in the new year.


Blechacz in 2011

To recap this year, the blog posts that were accessed most for the past year were:

1 Rafał Blechacz talks about music interpretation (video).
(Philosophical discussion at his university.  Yes he is a philosopher. →related interview)

2 Birthday wishes to our beloved pianist.

3 Rafał Blechacz comes to US and Canada and
   Blechacz to perform Chopin's Concerto with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oct 26 /interviewed by BBC3

Courtesy Torun's festival of
Science and Arts website
Looks like fans want to hear his interpretation either by performance or voice (though not many of them understand in Polish), and thank him for the beautiful music and experience.

I'm pleased to see increased accesses from Americas and other new countries.

I manage Japanese blog too and the trend of readers' favorite is similar, except that in Japanese blog, the most accessed post was;

Special album "In Solidarity with Japan" to be launched in Poland
with by far the biggest traffic.
The charity album was compiled in Poland with performances by outstanding Polish Chopin players (Blechacz, Zimerman, etc...), intended for benefiting the children hit by the quake/tsunami in Japan in March.  Japanese people were very much grateful to the country of Chopin for extending helping hand with the special Chopin's album.

Reesendamm Strasse, Hamburg
Courtesy Deutsche Grammophon
In January, Rafał Blechacz had a recording session for the new album of Debussy and Szymanowski at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg.

In the following month, he began to give live concerts, first from America.

☆program website
★review, news
♥ interview

Feb. 6 Recital @Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota  podcast
Feb.11 Recital @Hill Auditorium, Michigan
Feb.13 Chopin Concerto No.1 with Concertante (a string sextet) @Rackham Auditorium, Michigan  
Feb.18 Recital @Folly Theater, Kansas City
Feb.20 Recital @ @Herbst Theatre, SF
Feb.22 Recital and Chopin Concerto No.1 @ Winspear Centre, Edmonton 

March 16, 17 Beethoven Concerto No.4 with Orchetre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi @ Salle Pleyel, Paris

March 20 Recital @Casa de Cordón, Burgos, Spain 
March 22 Recital @ Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid 

March 25 Recital @Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Italy 
March 28 Recital @Musica Insieme, Bologna press release

April 7 Recital @Haus-Konzerte, Berlin  press release 

May 25 Recital for Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele @Rokokotheater

June 7 Recital @Salle Pleyel, Paris
June 27 Recital a recital for Tivoli Festival @Koncertsalen, Copenhagen

Sept.15 Concerto No.2 by Liszt with Orchestre National de Belgique Conductor: Antoni Wit @Palais des Beaux-Arts / Salle Henry Le Bœuf

Oct. 7 Recital @Kloster Polling, Bibliotheksaal, Weilheim
Oct. 8 Recital @Prinzregententheater, Munich  interview (podcast) is available on iTunes store (please search by "Blechacz").

Oct.14 Recital @ Konzerthaus Dortmund
Oct.17 Recital @Kammermusiksaal, Berlin

from BBC3, Oct. 25
Oct.26 Chopin Concerto No.2 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zwedenat @ Royal Festival Hall, London

Nov. 2 Recital @University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
Nov. 4 Recital @Victoria Hall, Geneva
Nov. 7 Recital @Tonhalle Zürich

Nov. 11 Chopin concerto No.2 with Sinfonia Varsovia, conductor: Grzegorz Nowak @Salle Pleyel, Paris

In June, Rafał Blechacz was awarded The Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis by the Polish government.

June 22 at the Medal awarding ceremony
 by Polish Government

Congratulations to our Pianist.
May the new year bring many more opportunities to your way, to explore every joy of music.

We are grateful to be able to appreciate your interpretation of Debussy and Szymanowski early next year.

In February, 2012, he will begin the new year's performance in Madrid and Rome with Beethoven's piano concerto No. 4.  He will perform the concerto in La Scala, Milan and Smetata Hall, Prague in May as well.

Here he talks about his thoughts on this concerto by Beethoven (video interview from Orchestre de Paris website, shot in March 2011.)

from Orchestre de Paris website

Blechacz in 2010


Let me extend our heartfelt appreciation to Rafał Blechacz for these beautiful recitals/concerts in 2010.
☆: program website
★: review

Jan. 26  Concertvatorio G.Verdi, Milan  
Jan. 27  Teatro Comunale, Treviso, recital
Jan.30, 31, Feb.1, 2 Auditorium Parco della Musica - Sala Santa Cecilia, concerto in F (Andrey Boreyko)  
Feb.22 Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Chopin Birthday Week Inaugural Concert, concerto in F (Antoni Wit)  see Video  

"after five years of beautiful and wise development of his international career and at the same time maturing as an artistic personality, showed how deeply he enters into the understanding and feeling of the Chopin music.".(Nasz Dziennik)

Feb.26  Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, NY Metropolitan Museum of Art  
Feb.27  Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington DC  

"...a musician in service to the music, searching its depths, exploring its meaning and probing its possibilities. He plays with humility and absolute clarity and you might even call his approach dutiful, but that would leave the false impression that he is dry and academic". (Washington Post)

March 5  Industries Theater, Bryan Center, Duke University, NC
March 6  Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Atlanta, Georgia  
March 25  Victoria Hall, Geneva  
March 29  Zürich Tonhalle  
April 20  Aula of UMK (Hall of Nicolaus Copernicus University)  photos 1 2 3 4

"…Of course Chopin in my country is a very important composer and when I play Chopin especially after my winning there was something something special.
I’m always very happy when I can play for Polish people in our concert halls…".
(Rafał Blechacz in an interview with Fred Child, Washington DC, US, March 2010)

April 27  Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels  
May 9  Amsterdam Concertgebouw
May 14  Rokokotheater, Schloss Schwetzingen
May 20  Łódź, Concerto in F (Christian Ehwald)   
May 25  Aula of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Concerto in F (Wojciech Rodek)   photos 1 2 3

"In Chopin's music there are a lot of pains and sorrows but also hope that in hard times currently experienced by the Poles is all very much needed." (Rafał Blehcacz)

June 12  Koncerthaus Dortmund
June 14  Salle Pleyel, Paris   
June 16  Nohant   
June 27  Gastkonzert Bad Kissingen, Concerto in F with Wiener Symphoniker (Philippe Auguin)     
July 13  Teatro dei Rozzi, Siena, when the 27th International Prize of Accademia Musicale Chigiana was given   award
Aug. 5  A.P. Møller Skolen, Schleswig for Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival  (English)
Aug 6  Kolosseum, Lübeck   (2nd from the top)
Aug. 27  Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian  
Aug 29  Plaza de la Cartoixa in Valldemossa  

"I chose two Polish and one French composers to show the various relationships that exist between them. Szymanowski is not as well known as Chopin, but his music is very interesting because it conveys emotions and because of its harmonies. In turn, it is a little impressionistic, like Debussy and what I want to do is to show the connections that exist between Debussy and Szymanowski and between Szymanowski and Chopin".(Rafał Blechacz)

Oct. 3  Osaka The Symphony Hall, Concerto in F with Century Orchestra Osaka (Naoto Otomo) + recital
Osaka, October 3
Oct. 6  Tokyo Suntory Hall, Concerto in F with The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Naoto Otomo) + recital  ☆  photos1 2
Oct. 9  Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall
Oct. 11  Yokohama Philia Hall  photos
Oct. 15  Kawaguchi Lilia Hall
Oct. 17  Osaka The Symphony Hall
Oct. 19  Tokyo Opera City Hall  
Oct. 21  Acros Fukuoka Symphony Hall   photos
Oct. 23  Yokohama Minato-mirai Hall
(From Japan tour program booklet  

Nov. 10  Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Concerto in E with Sinfonia Varsovia (Jerzy Semkow)  
Nov. 18, 21  Hamburg, Laeiszhalle, Concerto in E with NDR Orchestra (Krzysztof Urbański)   
Nov. 19  Kieler Schloss  ditto
Nov. 30   Chamber Music Hall, Berliner Philharmonie    
Dec. 7  Queen Elizabeth Hall, London  
Dec. 10  Konzerthaus, Vienna, Concerto in E with ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra (Cornelius Meister)
Dec. 13  Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle (Beethoven-Saal), Stuttgart
Received Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Prize of the German Record Critics) Award

"Blechacz’s playing boasts of impeccable technique and youthful verve. More than that, the creative power of the young performer affects. His beautifully balanced rubati, extract melodic phrases with a restrained magic and plunge us into the 'sweet abyss' (Heine) that makes Chopin's art so compelling". 
( Prof. Lothar Prox, chairman of the jury)

May the new year 2011 be full of happiness, wonderful experiences for Rafał!